Canadian actor Enrico Colantoni to be honoured at Vaughan International Film Festival

Nobleton screen star known for roles in 'Flashpoint,' 'Galaxy Quest,' 'Just Shoot Me' and 'Veronica Mars' being presented with the 2017 Independent Leader Award

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A celebrated Canadian actor, who hails from York Region, is being honoured at this year’s Vaughan International Film Festival.

Nobleton’s Enrico Colantoni will be presented with the 2017 Independent Leader Award during the fifth annual celebration of short films, which runs May 15 to May 18.

Colantoni is best known for his roles in Flashpoint, Galaxy Quest, Just Shoot Me and Veronica Mars.

The 54-year-old Toronto-born actor is the first Canadian screen star to land the award, launched three years ago to recognize strong supporters of independent film.

The two previous honourees were American.

Character actor Michael Madsen, of Reservoir Dogs fame, garnered the inaugural award in 2015, while 90s film star William “Billy” Baldwin took home the award last year.

As always, this year’s festival features two days of film screenings, an industry seminar day and an awards ceremony to close things out.

Those attending the seminar day will get a chance to pitch a script to producer, director and actress Amy Jo Johnson, best known for her roles in Power Rangers, Felicity and Flashpoint.

That event takes place Tuesday, May 16 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Aloft Vaughan Mills Hotel, 151 Bass Pro Mills Dr.

To find out more, visit www.vaughanfilmfestival.com.

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